Your personal information is probably being tracked and collected every time you use the Internet.
In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill says shadowy marketing companies are collecting files on well over 200-million Americans. It's information that is identified to an individual or linked to an individual. She goes on to say she doesn't believe most people are aware that it's being collected and sold and is personally identifiable.
These companies can unlock and sell everything from your medical history and sexual orientation to your buying habits on thousands of sites that range from "The New York Times" to "Good Parenting Today."
These popular Internet sites are allowing a handful of mostly unregulated marketing firms to trace your IP address and in some cases, open your address book, every time you take part in a poll, read a news article, or simply submit a post.
Right now it's legal because you surrender your privacy when you agree to the "terms and conditions" section of the sites. The Senate Commerce Committee is working to further regulate data brokers and their collection practices.